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18 April 2017

Have you ever wondered what shaped our universe after the Big Bang? Time is running out to visit Queensland Museum and see a fantastic exhibition that showcases the global quest to unlock the secrets of our universe.

Closing on 25 April 2017, the touring exhibition Hadron Collider: Step inside the world’s greatest experiment virtually transports visitors to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) – home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Queensland Museum’s Deputy CEO and Director of Collections, Research and Learning, Alex Hayward, said this exhibition celebrates the LHC — a working monument to human curiosity and achievement — where the Higgs Boson was discovered in 2012.

“Since December we have had more than 50,000 visitors through the exhibition, getting a behind-the-scenes look into the particle physics lab at CERN and immersing themselves in the heart of a particle collision,” Mr Hayward said.

“The LHC has captured imaginations of people worldwide and we are delighted to give visitors an opportunity to see it through the eyes of the scientists behind its design and operation.”

Situated beneath the border of France and Switzerland, the LHC — the world’s largest machine —probes some of the deepest scientific questions possible. Every day, thousands of physicists in more than 100 countries are busy analysing huge streams of data from the LHC’s experiments, searching for hints of new particles or phenomena and a better understanding of the universe.

“Exhibitions like Hadron Collider: Step inside the world’s greatest experiment inspire people to recognise the amazing achievements of scientists around the world, and to appreciate the enormous impact they have on our lives,” Mr Hayward said.

Developed by the Science Museum, London, Hadron Collider: Step inside the world’s greatest experiment is the latest exciting exhibition presented by Queensland Museum, and the closest experience possible to visiting the famous site. The exhibition is supported by QGC and Winton Capital Management.

Learn more about the world’s greatest experiment at Queensland Museum until 25 April 2017. Tickets are on sale now through QTIX or by calling 13 62 46. Tickets cost: Adults $15, Children $12, Concession $13.50, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $45.

Visit www.qm.qld.gov.au/hadroncollider for more information.

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Email: media@qm.qld.gov.au
Notes to Editors

The Large Hadron Collider: facts and figures
• The LHC is the largest machine in the world and cost approximately £2.6 billion to construct.
• Thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians spent decades planning and building the LHC, which continues to operate at the very boundaries of scientific knowledge.
• In the LHC, protons travel at 99.9999991 per cent of the speed of light. This is equivalent to:
o 299,792,455 metres per second
o 1,079,252,839 kilometres per hour (i.e. 1 billion kilometres per hour)
o 670,616,623 miles per hour
o 30 million times faster than Usain Bolt.

• In the time you read this a particle in the LHC could have travelled around the world 30 times.
• At full energy, each of the two proton beams in the LHC will have a total energy equivalent to a 400 tonne train travelling at 150 km/h. This is enough energy to melt 500 kilograms of copper.
• The LHC produces 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) of data per year – the equivalent to a stack of CDs 20 km tall.